Thursday, November 15, 2007

Like a Hole in the Head

Anyone recognize this? Well, hopefully not from personal experience! This is a vintage trepanning kit. Trepanation was a sort of surgery in which a hole was drilled into the skull in order to "release pressure" and treat psychological ailments such as depression. Trepanation does work for certain types of blood clot, such as epidural and subdural hemotomas, and is still used by surgeons. Outside of medical science, trepanation is still practiced as a sort of ''alternative treatment'' or ''body modification''.


Holly said...

The double-ended measuring spoon troubles me.

Rufus said...

Yeah, I'm thinking I should have read the label next to that because it is intriguing.

clairev said...

i read it.

it's a fancy spoon for measuring and administering medicines, and it folds up nice so the doc can put it in his pocket and go on to the next patient!!